Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) arrived with police by car at the financial investigation unit in Paris.  He was held for questioning for 15 hours yesterday over suspicions he used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry  into his 2007 election campaign. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has accused France’s justice system of trying to “humiliate” and “destroy” him, after he was charged in a corruption (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: datebooks are relevant to several financial scandals in which he is under investigation. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

In yet another setback for the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the Court of Cass(...)

The then French president Nicolas Sarkozy makes a phone call at a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels in December 2009. Mr Sarkozy’s phone was tapped during a judicial investigation into the financing of his 2007 election campaign, Le Monde newspaper reported today, a move denounced by his lawyer as “monstrous”. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

The telephones of France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy, his lawyer and two of Mr Sarkozy’s former interior ministers were tapped last year by (...)

Nicolas Sarkozy has been cleared of the “unfair” and “abominable” – in the words of his friends – allegation that he abused the senile dementia of Fra(...)

W hen Carla Bruni ceased to be first lady of France last year, many thought that was the last the Elysée Palace would see of the former supermodel and(...)

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Forbes magazine published a special edition in March with the cover headline: “Bi(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy: under French law a formal investigation is the final step before a suspect is accused of a crime. Photograph: Jacques Brinon

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation yesterday for “abuse of weakness” in a 2007 party funding case in(...)